Situated at a height of 6260 feet above sea level, Manali is one of the most popular, beautiful and awe-inspiring hill stations in this country.
Surrounded by majestic hills and woody forests, the quaint charm of Manali has captured the world's attention and has become one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. The pristine River Beas flows right through the town, creating a mesmerizing and spellbinding landscape. Nestled at one end of theáKulluáValley, Manali is a popular hill station with attractions such as the Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley nearby. Rohtang Pass is covered with snow throughout the year and is a good experience in itself. During this season, Solang Valley comes alive as it is the prime spot to enjoy snow and snow-based activities. This is the ideal place for tourists looking to unwind and rejuvenate in the lap of nature, for there is no place in the country more vibrant and charming as Manali. This town also has a multitude of options for tourists looking for adventurous activities like trekking, paragliding, skiing, zorbing, white water rafting etc. Besides adventurous activities, Manali also has a lot of temples which all tourists and devotees love to visit including the Raghunath temple and Jagannathi Devith Temple being one of the important ones. Hadimba Temple, a 14th century temple is famous for its wooden architecture and for its religious values. Manali is also used as the base town for the Manali-Leh highway and Leh is around 479 km from here. Lahaul andáSpitiádistrict can also be accessed from here during the summers using the same highway.
December - February
Very beautiful. Snows through most of January and February. Can be visited throughout the year. Snow sports, paragliding and other adventure sports available. Starting point for drives to Spiti valley and Ladakh.
Can be crowded during peak seasons. Slightly difficult to access as it's 8 hours from nearest major airport.
Great for someone looking to experience snow in winters. Perfect for couples, adventure enthusiasts, family holidays. Ideal for people in North India, but Manali sees tourists from all over the country and also for foreigners.
Manali is a hill station glittering with amazing restaurants, cafes and bars, that an take care of any need, desires or cravings that its visitors may have. You will find countless restaurants with a rich variety and some of the most delicious food on their menus. You can find Italian, Chinese, Korean, Continental, Indian, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese cuisines here along with the popular Tibetan Momos
The cafes with a parallel culture of their own, cater to younger crowds. These cafes serve pizzas, momos, banana pancakes and apple pies throughout the day and you can also try Yak's cheese here. Along with these do relish the street food there with Samosas, Aloo tikki, Bread Pakoras, Paav Bhaji, Gulab Jamun and more filling the streets with colors and fragrances. Other than these, the city has an equally rich platter of local Himachal food.
Again owing to its high popularity, tourists coming to Manali are spoilt for choice. There is a wide range of hotels here from budget to luxury resorts for those who wish to splurge. Homestays are also available here.
Taxis are easily available to cover the town. Walking is a therapeutic option.
Day 1 - Reach Manali by morning. Have breakfast and relax for a while. After freshening up, you can start your tour with the Hadimba Temple. After this, you can head out to the Mall road for some grub and a little bit of shopping. The main market is bustling with activity and you will find a number of items from woolen clothes, shawls, local handicrafts and everything you need.
Day 2 - You should head off to Rohtang Pass. It remains open from April to November. It is a two hour road journey from Manali and you need to set off early in the morning around 4:00 in order to avoid the traffic. The entry passes are available in Manali and you need to get it a day in advance. It's advisable to book the cab in advance as well. While returning, you should stopover at Solang Valley or Solang Nullah. From zorbing to paragliding to horse riding, Solang has it all. If you are not excited about the adventure sports, you can also simply have a relaxing time in Solang. Between November and April, even if the Rohtang Pass is closed, you should definitely visit Solang Valley. During winters, it is typically full of snow and allows for a lot of snow sports.
Day 3 - You can also go to Vashisht hot springs. Soak yourself in the hot water springs in the winters and it feels magical. After this, you can head to Old Manali for shopping and a scrumptious lunch.
Day 4 -While returning, stopover at Bhuntar and you can go for rafting in the season. Otherwise, you can also explore Kullu's market and temples. There are a number of things you can do, depending on your mood and the season.
Manali, even though crowded at times is a must visit place for someone who hasn't seen snow before in life. Manali during Dec-feb is amazing with frequent snowfalls and less crowd. Solang valley and Rohtang Pass (if open) are must visit. If you are more of a hippy sort, visit Old Manali for cafes and cheaper stays.
Manali us amazing place.Our recent trip to manali is a memorable one. Visit manali if you love to beautiful himalayas and snow filled valleys. Its also best place for adeventure lovers. River rafting,paragliding,sking etc are some of them. Visit with friends it will be great fun
By Manas Shukla
Are there any good river side cafes in old Manali? (except cafe 1947)